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‘Fighting terror needs strategy’ – ‘Meeting fruitful’

RIYADH, Nov 25, (KUNA): Speaker of Kuwait’s National Assembly Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim described on Wednesday the conclusion of the 9th regular meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Speakers of Shura, House of Representatives and National Assemblies as “replete with positive results.” Numerous issues were discussed in today’s final meeting where it was agreed that GCC heads of legislative bodies would deal with these issues in concert with GCC leaderships, Al-Ghanim told reporters after the meeting. “We wish that ideas arrived at in the meeting would find grounding in reality enabling the average GCC citizen to eventually benefit from them,” he said. He praised the solidarity tangibly felt among GCC chief lawmakers.

Asked about decisions the chief lawmakers made regarding the fight against terrorism, he said “there is no pat answer to the question of terrorism except that it must be confronted. As to how, this requires discussion and study.” “Fighting terrorism cannot be solely done through military action but requires a battle of ideas where results might pay off over the long run,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Saudi Shura Council Dr Abdullah bin Mohammad bin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh emphasized importance of “parliamentary diplomacy” for resolving regional issues, namely by backing political efforts at other levels for boosting security and stability in the Gulf. He was speaking in a speech, addressed at the 9th regular meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Speakers of Shura, House of Representatives and National Assemblies.

The region is witnessing various developments that require an active role at the level of parliamentary diplomacy, he said, alluding in particular to violations against the Holy Aqsa Mosque, fight against legitimacy in Yemen, conflicts in Syria and Iraq, besides terrorist operations in many parts of the world, he said. He expressed his appreciation for the efforts of GCC countries’ leaders and their keenness on developing their countries, besides defending causes of the nation. He also hailed role of GCC in enhancing cooperation and coordination in all fields, as well as strengthening ties among the GCC peoples.

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